Deputy Sheriff Thomas Orville Monse, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff Thomas Orville Monse, Jr.

Atascosa County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, October 12, 1999

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Thomas Orville Monse, Jr.

Deputy Sheriff Thomas Monse and two other officers were shot and killed when they were ambushed at a 911 hang-up call.

Deputy Stephenson and Deputy Thomas Monse were the first officers on scene when they were shot with a semi-automatic rifle by the subject, who was waiting in an ambush. Both deputies were still in their patrol car. After shooting the officers, the subject took one of their handguns and hid in a ditch across a dirt road from the mobile home.

As Trooper Terry Miller pulled up he spotted the two slain deputies and radioed for backup but was shot and killed before he had a chance to take off his seat belt. Other officers who arrived on scene exchanged fire with the subject. Two more officers and the subject were shot and wounded before the subject committed suicide with the stolen handgun.

An accomplice to the subject who bailed him out of jail and helped him purchase ammunition in order to ambush the officers was sentenced to death in March 2001. The conviction was overturned on appeal and he was sentenced to 30 years in prison under a plea agreement.

Deputy Monse had served with the Atascosa County Sheriff's Office for two years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, three sons, mother, father, step-father, brother, and 29 cousins.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 636

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; Semi-automatic
  • Offender Committed suicide

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You have been on my mind so much lately with all this hate in this world. If only you were here to give us some comfort in this world of chaos. So many people are lost, lost at what path they need to take to do the right thing. Lost in their own hate that it makes them blind to what they are doing to this world. Hate doesn't solve anything, doing thing out of hate doesn't solve anything. When has it? I am truly scared of what future has on store for us and for my kids. We are coming up on another year here in a couple of months and it still hurts. I know it will never get better but in this life with so much death

Lauri R. Monse

August 16, 2020

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